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The Marvelous Crochet Blanket:

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I’ve been thinking about the #DecemberMAL for so long I can hardly believe it’s finally time!
It started when Kaelyn of iiiwind said she wanted to make a blanket after school ended for the semester!

I was like “Yes, genius! Let’s all make a blanket!”

I was told very sweetly by other makers that not everyone has a deep desire to make a whole blanket in the last 30 days of the year. So I opened up the choices! One other brave soul made a lapghan that has my texture loving heart swooning, I have 2 makers who designed hats for the MAL, one who designed the CUTEST seasonal coasters, two who very sweetly added textured and amazing scarfs to the list, and one very ambitious lady who made a whole cardigan!

I would not be detoured from my chosen course! And the Marvelous blanket was stitched lovingly and with great anticipation!
If you follow me on Instagram you know that yesterday, this blanket didn’t have a name. I knew it would come to me, I just had to wait! Shout out to my Digital artist for bringing up M words that lead me to the right place!

When I was designing this blanket I wanted to be very careful to play to the strengths of the yarn. Homespun is the acrylic version of a single ply. It’s fluffy and bumpy and can make gorgeous textures. But if you aren’t careful it can be easy to lose stitches or not know where to insert your hook.
I tested hook sizes, stitches, and so many different combinations until I found the stitches that were easiest with this yarn!

I use a much larger hook than recommended to make it easier to see the top loops. The hook actually wants to go into the correct place with this method!

Next, I wanted to be sure the Stitches worked well with the yarn!
I use several methods to accomplish this. Contrast in the stitches that are being worked over each other, good use of spaces and posts, and not to busy. You want to keep it workable and not overload your eyes trying to find the correct loops!

For this Pattern you will need:

1400 yards of level 5 bulky weight yarn.

I used 8 skeins of Homespun: 3 in Black (A), 1 in Lagoon (B), 1 in Forest (C), 1 in Colonial (D), 1 in Waterfall (E), 1 in Hepplewhite (F).

A 9mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Measuring tape
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Blocking mats and needles (optional)

Stitches:

CC = Color Change
Ch = Chain
BpDc = Back post Double crochet
Dc = Double crochet
FpDc = Front Post Double Crochet
Sc = Single crochet
Sc-Blo = Single crochet Back loop only
Dc-Blo = Double crochet Back loop only
Tr-Blo = Treble crochet Back loop only
Tr = Treble crochet
Sk = Skip
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Yo = yarn over

Special St:

B-St = Bobble St:
1: Yo, and insert hook into the St indicated. 
2: Pull up a loop, pull through 2 loops. 
Repeat steps 1 & 2 four more times. 
3: Yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook. 
Continue with pattern as indicated.

Gauge:
9 sts by 6 rows in Dc = 4” blocked.

Notes:
If using alternate “Ch 1, Dc” Ch 1 at the beginning of rows does not count as st.
Border is worked with the body of the blanket. Each block is worked in a different St pattern along the same number of Sts, with the border rows remaining consistent along the edges and between sections. 
[ ] indicates repeat.

Begin pattern:

Block 1:

Row 1: With A, F-Dc 96, turn. 96

Row 2-3: With A, Fl-Dc (alternately, Ch 1, Dc) in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Row 4: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, [Dc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A , Dc 5, turn. 

Row 5: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 6: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 7: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 8: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 9: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 10-15: Repeat Rows 7-9 twice. 

Row 16-18: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 2:

Row 19: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with C, Sc in next 2 Sts, [Sk 2, 5 Tr in next St, Sk 2, Sc] across until 6 Sts remain, Sc, with A , Dc 5, turn. 

Row 20: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with C, Tr in next St, 3 Tr in next St, Sk 2, Sc, [Sk 2, 5 Tr in Sc, Sk 2, Sc in third Tr] across until 9 Sts remain, Sk 2, 3 Tr in Sc, Tr in next St, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Rows 21-28: Repeat Rows 19-20 four times.

Row 29-31: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 3:

Row 32: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Tr in next St, Dc, [Sc 2, Dc, Tr, Dc] across until 9 Sts remain, Sc 2, Dc, Tr, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 33: With A Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Sc-Blo in next St, Dc-Blo, [Tr-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Sc-Blo, Dc-Blo] across until 9 Sts remain, Tr-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Sc-Blo, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 34: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Tr-Blo in next St, Dc-Blo, [Sc-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Tr-Blo, Dc-Blo] across until 9 Sts remain, Sc-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Tr-Blo, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 35-40: Repeat Rows 33 & 34 three times.

Row 41-43: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 4:

Row 44: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr, Sc] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 45: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Ch 1, Sk 1, Sc in the top of Tr] across until 5 Sts remain, turn. 

Row 46: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr into the top of Sc, Sc into Ch Sp] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 47-54: Repeat Rows 45 & 46 four times. 

Row 55: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr into the top of Sc, Sc into the top of Tr] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 56-58: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 5:

Row 58: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 59: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in next 5 Sts, [B-St, Dc 10] across until 10 Sts remain, Dc 5, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 60: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 61: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in next 10 Sts, [B-St, Dc 10] across 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 62-65: Repeat Rows 58-61 once.

Row 66: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Rows 67-69: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Clip yarn and pull through.

Weave in all ends securely.

Lightly block to finish measurements. 

You did it!!! Now Squish that gorgeous blanket and make a celebratory beverage!!!

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Free Pattern: “Lemmy Grab My Scarf”

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I’ve been jittery all week long! I am so excited to bring this infinity scarf to life! I’ve been living in this scarf non-stop since I finished it! A sure sign of an epic design!

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Lemmy Grab My Scarf

Here are some quick insights into the features of this pattern:

1: The drape of the fabric is on par with a wool scarf. This matters to me because I’m allergic to wool, but I looooooove the feel of a gorgeous drapy scarf!!!

2: Easy peasy, Lemon Squeezy! Which come to think of if would have been a great name for the scarf too!!! This is a project you can curl up on the couch with. Grab your favorite project bag or basket for the yarn and just relax into a show while you create the easy to remember repeats!

3: The color blocking keeps it interesting and makes a gorgeous statement piece! Textures and colors are CLEARLY a winning combo here. I chose 3 dark colors and one bright to make the fabric pop, and keep me excited to add more rows!

4: Spring-time wardrobe winning, and you will be finished in plenty of time! Despite the drape, this is not a heavy scarf. This is meant to keep you cozy when the spring breeze is getting a little frisky. But won’t weigh you down or make you feel stifled.

Grab the printable, ad-free, beautifully formatted PDF from LoveCrafts, Ravelry, or Etsy! Or save this page to your favorites and on Pinterest for reference so you can follow along for free!

Let’s talk about the YARN!!!

I used Lion Brand Jeans yarn which is what gives this scarf its elevated feel. The yarn is perfectly soft against your skin and works amazingly well in this pattern! They come in 8 different colors, including 2 bright and 6 muted tones.

I highly recommend a few other yarns as well! Lion Brand 24/7 cotton (they have a gorgeous selection of colors that would work amazingly well with this scarf!), Touch of Alpaca, Heartland, and I REALLY want someone to make this in Feels Like Butta …That is going to be cozy squared.

Let’s get to it!

Grab your supplies and you will be ready to make yourself the “Lemmy Grab My Scarf”!

Supplies:

A 5mm H crochet hook

4 balls of Lion Brand Jeans Yarn in different colors

A tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Scissors

A little insight into the pattern.

Make sure you know how to make Chains, Single Crochet, Double Crochet, and Learn the best way to change your yarn for the color changes!

Special Stitches:

Change Color:

With the last two loops of the last DC from the previous row still on your hook, clip your yarn and pull through with the next color. Make a CH and pull tight to create a slip knot. Continue with pattern. 

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Joining Method: 

Mattress Stitch: MS 

Slide your tapestry needle into one stitch of the first side of the fabric you are attaching, then move to the opposite side and slide your needle through one stitch directly across from it. Continue to alternate these two steps until each side is fully attached. Pull the yarn taught to bring the sides of the fabric together. Clip yarn, secure and weave in. 

This pattern is a 1-row repeat that uses seamless color changes and a simple edging to make a cozy and yummy infinity scarf you will want to wear all the time!

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Perfectly cozy and ready for a walk in the spring time breeze!

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Begin making “Lemmy Grab My Scarf”:

CH 37 in color A

Row 1: Single crochet in second Chain from hook, Double Crochet in next ST. *Single Crochet, Double Crochet* across. Turn. (36)

Rows 2: Chain 1. *Single Crochet, Double Crochet* across.

Row 2 will be the repeat we use for the rest of the rows. From here I will only tell you the color change order!

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Lemmy Grab My Scarf, and then we can go!

3-12: Color A

13-15: Color C

16-21: Color B

22-24: Color A

34-45: Color B

46-51: Color D

52-54: Color B

55-64: Color C

65-67: Color B

68-85: Color C

86-94: Color B

95-97: Color D

98-109: Color C

110-112: Color B

113-121: Color A

122-133: Color B

134-142: Color C

143-154: Color B

155-163: Color A

164-166: Color B

167-169: Color A

170-178: Color B

179-190: Color C

191-202: Color D

203-214: Color B

215-223: Color C

224-229: Color B

230-247: Color C

248-250: Color D

Clip yarn and pull through.

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Hold on. Lemmy grab my Scarf!

Join row 1 to row 250 using mattress stitch.

Join Color D anywhere along one edge of the scarf with a Slip Stitch. Single Crochet 1 ST for each row around (250)

Repeat on the second edge. 

Clip yarn and pull through.

Weave in ends.

Wet block to the final dimensions using warm water and a drop of gentle detergent. Always hand wash and dry flat to prevent pilling and warping of the scarf. 

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I hope you love your new scarf!!! I loved designing it!

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Free Pattern: The Baby Dragon’s Egg Basket

Hello, Friends! It’s been such an amazing weekend! I am so excited to have published my first Crochet Costume Pattern! Live on Etsy and Ravelry and Lovecrafts!

The Egg basket is also available in an add free Beautifully formatted PDF HERE!

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Grown ups like stuffed animals too! Especially when it’s actually their baby!

It’s not a pattern launch if something doesn’t go wrong, right? So the blog hiccupped and I wasn’t able to post on release day (until very late). But it’s back up and acting normal, so now I’m going to share a little freebie I wanted to have as a bonus companion pattern to go along with The Baby Dragon Crochet Costume.

Before we get to it, can we take a moment to appreciate how stinkin’ cute this lil’ guy is as a Dragon?

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And you thought your baby was cute before you put them into a life-size amigurumi Dragon costume!

Above is a shot of him in the first costume I made for photos. This isn’t even his Halloween Costume this year, but I still made him one!!! I left his toes out on the second one because my little guy wants to walk so badly, and he just got mad when I put him in a costume with feet the other day. He doesn’t look mad up there, but it didn’t last long!

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This little man was ready to fly off! Keeping him contained during photos was a chore. His siblings helped with, but not with lasting effects.

I wanted to make him a little trick or treat basket he could carry around and play with. Something not to big, but that he could stuff toys in or something. I love crocheting baskets, but I wanted this one to be themed for the costume and dragons and eggs go together, so….

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Tiny and cute just like the baby who goes in the dragon costume. This basket is small enough for them to carry around and fill with candy or blocks, what ever the baby sees fit to fill it with!

I designed three different baskets before I landed on this one. I wanted it to actually look like an egg, and really struggled to get yarn held single to do this for me. I’ve been making baskets for years and always held two are three strands together to create a better fabric. Fun fact. I don’t own a dresser. I have green crochet baskets on shelves in my closet that house my clothes!

So after I quite fighting what I already knew the pattern came quite quickly!

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What came first, the crocheter or the egg?

Supplies to collect before we begin!

6.5 mm K hook

1 skein of Worsted weight yarn (since we are holding the yarn together you can just pull from the center of the skein and from the outside. This makes it easier than separating out sections) I used Loops and Thread Impeccable from Michael’s in white. But really anything will do! I want someone to make a golden egg so I can gasp and squeal!

A pair of Scissors

A Dull pointed darning needle.

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Look at the texture!!! I’m such a sucker for a textured stitch…

Basket/Egg:

Make a Magic ring

8 SC STs

Round 1: *DC SC* in each ST around. 16

Round 2: *DC, SC DC, SC, DC SC* around. 24

Round 3: *DC, SC, DC SC* around. 32

Round 4: *DC, SC, DC, SC DC, SC, DC, SC, DC SC* around. 40

Round 5-12: *DC, SC* evenly around. 40

Round 13- 14: *DC, SC, DC, SC, DC2Tog* around. 32

Clip yarn and pull through.

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Is mom looking? Maybe I can chew on her peppermint patty…

Handle:

Chain 7

Row 1: DC in the second chain from hook, SC in the next ST. *DC, SC* across.

Row 2-12: Repeat row 1. Clip yarn and pull through.

Weave in all ends and attach the handle to the basket like shown on the sloped sides of the egg near the top!

Fill with candy, and then eat it all!!!

This basket also makes a great Easter basket! An egg filled with tiny eggs makes the cutest gift! Make sure to make them in all the colors of the sherbet rainbow!!!